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Donald Trump accuses Barack Obama of ‘tapping’ his phone during campaign

President Donald Trump on Saturday accused his predecessor Barack Obama of “tapping” his phone during last year’s White House campaign, without providing evidence of the explosive charge.

Donald Trump Presidency Updated: Mar 05, 2017 16:23 IST
Yashwant Raj, Washington
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US President Donald Trump tweeted early on Saturday morning, alleging that his predecessor Barack Obama tapped his phone.(AFP Photo)

US president Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of ordering a tap on his phone. According to Trump, the incident took place around a month before he was elected and when he was still a candidate for the White House.

Trump offered no proof or evidence, and proceeded to call the former president a “bad (or sick) guy”. He might have pulled it out from conspiracy theories being hawked by right-wing publications and radio host.

The New York Times also did a report saying the Obama administration had in the last days in office made intelligence about Trump team’s Russia contacts easily accessible so as to prevent the new administration from killing the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections.

There was no response from Obama till the filing of this report.

Trump has in recent days tried to blame his predecessor for the leaks about contacts between members of his campaign and the transition teams with Russia.

But on Saturday, President Trump took his allegations to an altogether new high, in a string of early morning tweets from his resort in Florida.

“Is it legal,” he asked in another tweet, “for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”

And then this: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

This is the same Obama that Trump, after their first meet in November professed to “quite like”. And he said he had been in touch with the president several times during the transition phase, speaking glowingly of him at the time.

However, since assuming office, Trump has watched his presidency get embroiled in one controversy after another, caused in parts by leaks about his aides’ contacts with Russians — which cost former national security adviser Micheal Flynn his job. And attorney general Jeff Session is now in trouble for not being upfront about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

First Published: Mar 04, 2017 18:22 IST